Barley’s Boston ’16 Training Week 5

10 weeks from today is Marathon Monday, I’m really excited about that to be honest. BUT I’m also super excited that 6 days from today is the Olympic Trials marathon. I’ll be glued to the TV following the coverage of it, that’s for sure. What are your hopes/predictions for the event?

Anyways, last week was a really good week. Another slight mileage bump, and 2 pretty good workouts with a hilly long run. Tuesday’s workout was good on paper but felt a little tougher than I would have liked, maybe it was the wind but maybe it was just an off day. Saturday’s workout was more time “working” (20 minutes Tuesday, 31 minutes Saturday), but in my eyes went far better all around.

This week, I also decided to take part in the Runners Love Yoga February challenge. For 10 days I’ll be posting photos/videos of each days challenge pose on my instagram. For me, I’ve always liked yoga but never loved it as much as running. Because of that it’s something I have a hard time being consistent about doing, so I figured this could be a good way to really incorporate it into my training. This coming week there will be more yoga, and hopefully even after the challenge is over too! I figure, if it’s something I can do a little of each day and be a better runner for it- why not?


Monday: Rest day! I originally planned on some light weights or biking but ultimately felt like total rest was best. I’ve been feeling good and I’d like to keep it that way! I did do a little rolling though with my new Addaday D+ roller though.

Tuesday: Workout day; A little under 10 miles total, including 8 x 2 minutes (6:00 average) and 4 x 1 minutes (5:39 average).

Wednesday: 7 easy miles after work before celebrating Brian’s birthday with his family!

Thursday: 15 minutes core/leg circuit (lunges, squats etc.) followed by 8 easy treadmill miles after work

Friday: Little bit o’ yoga followed by 10 easy miles outside after work

Saturday: (AM): Long Fartlek run (a little under 12 miles total): warm-up,  { 2×5 minutes @ 6:30 w/ 2 min recovery , 3×3 minutes @ 6:06 w/ 2min recovery, 4×2 minutes @ 5:56 avg w/2min recovery, 4×1 minute @5:33 w/1min recovery}, cool down (PM): Yoga

Sunday: Yoga + 15 Mile long run with a friend (yay hills!)

Week Totals: 61.6 miles run, 1 strength workout, 3 x yoga

Beers Drank: Guinness/Sam Adams (Black & Sam)

Boston Training Mileage to Date: 260.3 (52.06 avg. mpw)


I’ve got races the next THREE weekends, so this will be an interesting few weeks. First up this weekend is another Freezeroo race of the series, this one is an 8 mile race. When I ran in 2 years ago it was below zero at the start line, right now it’s looking like single digits- winter is finally deciding to show up!

A new mom and Upstate, NY resident who loves the marathon, a good beer, and all of the numbers/nerdy things. I write about my journey to a sub-3:00 marathon, training tweaks for improvement, and finding that "running/life balance" unicorn. On tap Next: Maneuvering through motherhood and postpartum running!

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  1. What a solid/well-rounded week! It’s inspiring to see how you combine your workouts/long runs with yoga/strength training, without sacrificing overall mileage. And I hope your races go really well over the next few weeks! Do you have specific goals associated with them, or are you using them for workouts?

    1. Thanks! The thing I have found is I don’t need to spend an hour in the gym to get a workout in. Thursday, doing 15 minutes of core and leg strength (holy lunges) before a run not only got the strength training in but also gave me 8 miles of running on tired quads (good for Boston). Even if I’m throwing in 10-30 minutes a few times a week, it makes a difference and is manageable with the mileage that I do for now. Consistency right?

      The races are each different for me. The 8 miler this weekend is going to be hard effort but will also depend on weather a bit. The half next weekend is going to be a marathon paced run for a change up from the shorter speed workouts. The plan is to all out race the 10k the final of the 3 weekends, but we will see! With Upstate NY weather, you never know- if it’s going to be crazy cold or snowy or something for one of the races (likely) I won’t have an issue changing goals around. But definitely not all out racing all 3!

  2. Wowzers to that fartlek! Sounds like fun! I’m loving the yoga photos–I started doing yoga about a year and a half ago (still very much a beginner, I just do videos by myself at home). I sort of hated it at first but am shocked to say I’ve grown to love it! I think it definitely helps with the running, so great job squeezing it in! And good luck with all the races!